Importer-Exporter Code India

Importer Exporter Code India is digit mandatory license, for companies and businesses that deals with import-export activities in the Indian Territory. The Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the Department of Commerce, Government of India issues this license.

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Import Export Code Registration

Considering the recent trends in the business sector, a gradual shift of businesses is observed from the local market to the international market. To spread reach and conquer the international market, the import and export activities are undertaken which further requires the Import Export Code India.

Iec Code online is a 10 digit unique code allotted to the business entities that allow imports and exports. The code is allotted by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to the applicants. Register for IEC code online comes with one-time registration and lifetime validity. The process for import export code registration has become simpler with online IEC application supported by a few documents.

Benefits of Import Export Code Registration India

Global Markets at Fingertips
Unless the entity holds IEC code online, it is not allowed to import or export goods/services into the foreign market. It is a key to enter the international market and widening the scope of business. With IEC code online, one can take their products or services to the global market and expand business with ease.
Simple Processing
The complete process of applying for importer exporter code is simple and hassle-free with the online Import Export code application. It merely takes 3-4 working days for obtaining the importer exporter code. The applicant can immediately download the e-IEC through the link provided in the mail after uploading documents and payment of the fee.
Once the import export code is obtained, there is no adaptational formalities. Unlike other tax registrations, the IEC code holder also does not need to comply with any kind of annual filing or return filing. Also, the code is valid for a lifetime so there is no need for renewal.
Government benefits
The importers and exporters are eligible to benefit from many Government schemes. The entities are eligible for the schemes under DGFT on their import/export. They can avail the subsidies from Customs and Export Promotion Council or similar government organizations.

Documents Required IEC Registration Process

The documents required are rtelatively less For IEC Registration. Only a few documents are required which are listed below for a better scope.

  • PAN card of the individual or company
  • Copy of the entity’s government ID (Driving license/Aadhar/Voter ID)
  • Incorporation certificate/Partnership deed
  • Personal or company’s current bank account statement
  • Address proof (Electricity bill/rent agreement/sale deed of the office location
  • Copy of cancelled cheque leaf of the current account

When is IEC code required?

  • For Import and Export of Goods from India
  • For Import and Export of Services from India
  • To clear the shipment while making an Import or Export

Validity of IE Code

Once registered the Import Export Code is permanent and becomes valid for lifetime. Hence, there is absolutely no need for renewal or update. It lasts until the business ceases to exist or the registration is surrendered. Also, the business does not have to do any monthly or annual filings like GST, PF, etc.

IEC Registration Procedure

To get your Import Export license online, you will need to do the following simple IEC registration procedure.

Step 1: The online IEC application form in the format Aayaat Niryaat Form no. 2A is filed with the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Alternatively, it could also be done offline at the Regional office of DGFT.

Step 2: All the required documents, including bank details and DSC, have to be submitted

Step 3: Next, the Import Export code will be allotted and the application will be processed further

Step 4: Once the documents and application are verified by the authorities, the import export license will be granted as a soft copy to the entity.

Obtain IEC in 3 Easy Steps

1. Answer Quick Questions
  • Pick a Package that best fits your requirements
  • Nearly 10 minutes to fill in our Questionnaire
  • Provide basic details & documents required for registration
  • Make payment through secured payment gateways
2. Relax While Team of Experts Get It All Done
  • Assigned Relationship Manager
  • IEC application preparation and filing
  • Allotment of IE Code
3. You get the IE Code
  • All it takes is  3-4  working days.

Any person/company dealing in international trade of export and import of goods and Services need to register for IE code.

IE Code is not a tax registration. However, certain customs duty may be levied depending on the product.

Anyone who is acting as sole proprietor of a business can obtain IE code Registration.

Yes. In order to make changes, you need to raise a request with the DGFT and produce the relevant documents to make the modifications. Some government fee may be charged for the same.

Compare and know which Additional Registration is required for your business:


GST Registration

Importer Exporter Code

Professional Tax Registration

Shop & Establishments Registration

Applicable To

Businesses exceeding prescribed threshold for turnover

All importers and exporters

A business where more than 20 employees are involved

Entities whose employee strength is more than 10

Registration Criteria

If turnover exceeds ₹ 40 Lakh/₹20 lakh for goods/service or entity fall under specified category, registration is mandatory

Any business entity undertaking import/export for business purpose from India

A person earning income from salary or by practicing any profession has to pay the professional tax

All entities need to get registered under shop and establishments at the time of setting up their business

Regulatory body

State and Central Government

Central Government

State Government

Municipal Corporation

Return Filings

Annually, monthly or quarterly based on GSTR type

No return are prescribed to file after registration

It is a separate entity and can own assets in its name

No return are prescribed to file after registration

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